There's a job posting that crossed my desk, looking for a networked recruiter with a "proven track record of success."
Normally I glaze over such comments, much like "people-person" on resume, or "energetic self-starter."
This one made me laugh. A Proven Track Record of Success. In a sales position, this makes sense. Someone who has proven they can make money for the company is an asset. And recruiting is a "sales" position. But how would you measure a track record?
A recruiter is after all, at the mercy of the jobs laid in front of them. They do not get the luxury of picking their jobs, or working directly with the manager, or negotiating rate. I've seen mediocre recruiters bring in 100K because they worked on the right team, just as I've seen people flounder at base pay, who went on to stratospheric career heights after leaving a bad situation.
How to judge?
There is no objective criteria to measure "track record of success." For some people. it means a placement a week. For others, it means a placement a month. For some, it's just means having worked on a fast paced team where you made 300 placements together in a tight time frame. None of them explain how the job would affect you.
It sure does sound nice, though. It's a warning - only apply if you're a winner.
Seems there's a better way to say that. It tells experienced people that 1) you aren't very good at writing job descriptions, or 2) you've had problems hiring in the past, and will expect the new employee to perform where everyone else has failed.